Joel Thibodeaux, Chairman Emeritus of the Governor’s Commission on City of Stonecrest and former State Senate staffer, today (Feb. 29) announces his candidacy for the State Senate District 43 seat. Thibodeaux is challenging incumbent Tonya P. Anderson for the seat, which covers portions of DeKalb, Rockdale, and Newton counties.
Thibodeaux plans to run in the May 22 Democratic primary. Qualifying begins on Monday, March 5, at the Georgia State Capitol.
“Our campaign will focus on issues critical to the citizens of the 43rd district – economic development and job growth, local and regional transportation, education and school safety, and protecting local governance,” said Thiboddeaux. “We plan to deliver the energetic, effective, and inclusive representation that our communities are demanding.”
Thibodeaux is currently employed at the DeKalb County School District, where he serves as the Director of Internal Audits and Compliance. He also served in the Senate Budget and Evaluation Office where he supported the Senate Appropriations Committee and provided analysis and policy input to the Senate Finance Committee.
He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgia State University and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance.
Thibodeaux and his wife, Stacey, also recently launched the Stonecrest Schools Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to building community involvement and business support for public schools in the city of Stonecrest,.
Friends for Joel Thibodeaux, LLC will host a “Friends and Neighbors” gathering on Sunday, March 4, 3 to 5 p.m., at Fletcher’s Restaurant in Stonecrest, 3025 Turner Hill Road. The community is invited to meet and support the candidate.